MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Telluride and Mountain Village will welcome hundreds of assistive technology pioneers this summer, when No Barriers USA, an organization committed to exploring what’s possible in adaptive adventure, hosts its summer 2013 summit August 8-11.
The four-day outdoor event embraces the philosophy that the human spirit is powerful enough to surpass any barriers imposed by disabilities, as scientists, inventors, academics, practitioners and people hindered by physical limitations join forces to challenge what is possible and collaborate on solutions for those who are challenged to achieve their goals.
The summit is expected to bring more than 500 people to town, and will combine hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, leadership exercises and symposia.
The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, the nonprofit provider of outdoor adventure opportunities for those with disabilities, has partnered with No Barriers USA to host the event. With its cutting-edge programs, including Alaska mountaineering adventures and heli-skiing trips, TASP embodies what the No Barriers group is seeking to promote through the summit, says Executive Director Courtney Stuecheli.
“A lot of the programs we’ve been doing within the adaptive recreation realm are more on the cutting edge, and I think No Barriers USA recognized their own mission in what we’re doing here with our programs,” Stuecheli said of the selection process that catapulted Telluride ahead of other potential host communities, including larger and easier-to-access resort towns like Park City and Snowmass.
“I’m really proud we were able to rise to the top to host this event, as it will get Telluride a lot of recognition, both within the disabled community and beyond it,” she added, going on to note this marks the first time the Telluride community has taken on an event of this magnitude.
TASP will provide all of the recreational activities for the attendees, further realizing its goal of making the San Juan Mountains accessible to all.
Past No Barriers summits have allowed paraplegics to scale mountains and blind men to captain ship expeditions, while leading scientists and technologists have presented their latest developments in the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and participants have learned more about everything from accessible tourism to the latest developments in assistive devices such as neuroprostheses and artificial limbs.
Next week, TASP hosts annual fundraiser, Rockin’ at the Opera, at the Sheridan Opera House, with music from the Anders Brothers Band, a live and silent auction, and – new this year – a food tasting from local restaurants and caterers including Honga’s, Rustico, Siam, Rev, Flavor Telluride, and Ahh Cuisine, as well as a complimentary glass of the award-winning Amertius pinot noir wine. The fundraiser takes place Friday, March 8, starting at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tellurideadaptivesports.org/tickets.
For more information on the No Barriers Summit, visit http://nobarriersusa.org/summit/.